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    Sid Grauman extremely limited #1 of an intended run of up to 4 hand and footprint impressions from the Chinese Theatre. Sid Grauman extremely limited #1 of an intended run of up to 4 hand and footprint impressions from the Chinese Theatre. The glitter and glamour of Hollywood continue to attract visitors from all over the world, and there is no monument to Hollywood that is more glamorous or iconic than TCL Chinese Theatre. The forecourt of the theatre remains a must-see spot for tourists and the star-struck to see how they fill the shoes of their favorite stars by placing their own feet in the celebrity footprints that mosaic the courtyard. This is a replica of the hand and footprint square of Sid Grauman, the man who started the whole Hollywood tradition of the hand and footprint ceremony, created from the original concrete impression at the Chinese Theatre. Hollywood's master showman Sid Grauman placed his hand and feet into the cement of his beloved movie palace of the stars in 1946 in a ceremony along with actress Gene Tierney. He is the only theatre owner ever to win an academy award for raising the bar in theatrical exhibition. Sid was a notorious practical jokester with his celebrity friends, so it was only fitting that he placed a fishbone in his cement square and jokingly said, "It was a caricature of his smile". Measuring 48 x 47.5 in. and inscribed, "I am grateful to all who have made these hand and foot prints possible Jan. 24th 1946". The impression is made out of a synthetic casting compound to produce the real look and feel of concrete and do include natural materials that are found in cement.  However, this is sensitive to heat and like all valuable art, it should not be kept in high heat or be displayed in the exterior direct heat/sunlight. This piece is the first of an extremely limited intended run of up to four impressions. No rights to the Sid Grauman name, signature or imprint are transferred to the buyer with this sale. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    December, 2013
    21st Saturday
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